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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What Austrian child prodigy made his first appearance in public in 1800 playing a Mozart piano concerto?
(a) Johann Nepomuk Hummel.
(b) Adolf von Henselt.
(c) Ignaz Moscheles.
(d) Carl Czerny.

2. What refers to a keyboard instrument, precursor of the piano, in which the strings are plucked by leather or quill points connected with the keys, in common use from the 16th to the 18th century?
(a) Clavichord.
(b) Organ.
(c) Harpsichord.
(d) Lute.

3. Leschetizky identified three elements of being a great pianist that included being a what?
(a) German.
(b) American.
(c) Mathematician.
(d) Child prodigy.

4. What is the name of a term used to describe a form of music in which themes successively repeat?
(a) Fugue.
(b) Style galant.
(c) Arpeggio.
(d) Legato.

5. What style, perfect for piano, was invented in 1709 by Italian harpsichord-maker Bartolommeo Cristofori to play in salons?
(a) Style galant.
(b) Modernism.
(c) Classicism.
(d) Romanticism.

6. Chopin's music was critiqued as exotic or even insane for its "bold dissonance and strange _____."
(a) Harmonies.
(b) Scales.
(c) Sonatas.
(d) Etudes.

7. Who held solo concerts in 1839 Rome?
(a) Mozart.
(b) Adolf von Henselt.
(c) Carl Czerny.
(d) Franz Liszt.

8. What is the name of a term used to describe a piano playing style that was a brilliant romanticist musical approach that transcended technique and was made famous by Franz Liszt and others?
(a) Bravura.

9. What German pianist and composer was a pupil of Hummel and Sechter and became court pianist in St Petersburg?
(a) Carl Czerny.
(b) Adolf von Henselt.
(c) Mozart.
(d) Friedrich Chopin.

10. In what year was Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart born?
(a) 1749.
(b) 1780.
(c) 1714.
(d) 1756.

11. What term is used to identify a type of music that is a singing, nuanced, fluffy, polite, and melodic approach developed after Bach's death when the heavy contrapuntal style used in the tempestuous fugue fell into disfavor?
(a) Sonata.
(b) Fugue.
(c) Etude.
(d) Legato.

12. The "Leschetizky system" assigned pupils who needed more training to an assistant for how long or until they met Leschetizky's standards?
(a) Six months.
(b) Two years.
(c) One year.
(d) Three years.

13. What German pianist, conductor, and composer of Czech birth was a pupil of B. D. Weber in Prague and of Albrechtsberger and Salieri in Vienna?
(a) Johann Nepomuk Hummel.
(b) Adolf von Henselt.
(c) Carl Czerny.
(d) Ignaz Moscheles.

14. What term refers to a group of eight interrelated notes?
(a) Chord.
(b) Octave.
(c) Scale.
(d) Sonata.

15. What Hungarian composer wildly gesticulated back and forth all over the keyboard when he played?
(a) Sigismond Thalberg.
(b) Friedrich Chopin.
(c) Bertold Hummel.
(d) Franz Liszt.

Short Answer Questions

1. In what year did Sigismond Thalberg debut in New York and play fifty-six concerts?

2. What German composer and a notable piano virtuoso of the Romantic period studied under Julius Benedict, Carl Czerny, and Simon Sechte?

3. Chopin considered Bach and who to be the only two great composers?

4. When was Carl Maria Friedrich Ernst von Weber born?

5. Where was William Sterndale Bennett from?

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